Seven North Country healthcare organizations were the recipients of pediatric equipment grants from Children's Miracle Network of Northern New York (CMN) totaling $54,629 during a formal presentation today at Samaritan Medical Center.
"This is just one more way that North Country healthcare organizations can partner together to ensure access to quality healthcare services for our communities," said Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. Since the Capital Grants program began in 2000, CMN has allocated nearly $300,000 to numerous hospitals and healthcare organizations with child-centered needs throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. (See attached list).
Additionally, Samaritan Medical Center received $383,053 in pediatric equipment grants from CMN including $250,000 for the final payment of a one million dollar pledge to the "Advancing Healthcare, Close to Home" capital campaign which named the new Emergency Department in its honor. CMN's donation was one of three lead gifts to the $65 million dollar new building campaign. In addition to pediatric equipment grants, the CMN Allocations Committee approved $60,384 in assistance to more than 35 local families for reimbursement of travel expenses, therapeutic equipment and other medical assistance. The total amount of equipment and grants for families allocated in 2012 was $497,844.
Support from CMN corporate sponsors, such as Kinney Drugs, Walmart, Community Broadcasters Radiothons and local organizations and individuals, has increased tremendously over the past 22 years. It is due to these efforts that Children's Miracle Network of Northern New York is able to achieve its mission – to generate funds and health awareness programs for the benefit of all children in the tri-county area. CMN is the only national charity that supports 14 million children in the United States and Canada through 170 hospitals and pledges that 100% of funds raised stays local. These qualities make CMN unique and attractive to generous people and organizations in Northern New York.
Previously, funds raised through CMN only benefited the affiliated hospitals, such as Samaritan Medical Center. "In our efforts to help ensure that all North Country children receive quality pediatric care, our program was expanded and now provides equipment grants to qualified healthcare facilities in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties," concluded Mrs. Jocelyn D. Mejias, Director of CMN. Samaritan Medical Center is the only CMN-affiliated hospital nationwide to provide capital grants to other healthcare organizations in its market area. In addition, Samaritan is the only CMN hospital to provide direct assistance to families for travel expenses anywhere in the country where their child is receiving medical care.